Rodney Barnes was selected by the Mayor and Council as Town Administrator. Mr. Barnes comes to Edmonston from civil service employment where he worked with the Department of Army, Training and Doctrine Command, G-2 Intelligence Support Activity, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas as an Administrative Officer providing expertise in budgeting, personnel and contracting. Prior to that Mr. Barnes retired after a long and successful career in Junction City, Kansas where he last served as City Manager. Mr. Barnes has a Bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas in Business Administration. He furthered his education and attained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
Chief of Police
Chief Demetrious Harris is a husband, father, philanthropist, minority business owner, and life-long resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Chief Harris has been drawn to public service since childhood. He started his law enforcement career with the Prince Georges County Office of the Sheriff until his appointment in December of 2019 as Chief of Police of Edmonston Maryland. As the first African American Chief in the town’s history and one of the youngest public safety executives in the state of Maryland, his appointment is historic and is a reflection of the town’s forward thinking and progressive momentum.
Chief Harris is a graduate of Bowie High School and received his post graduate education from Anne Arundel Community College, The George Washington University Program for Public Safety Leadership, and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He currently serves as a member of several professional organizations to include the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Sons of the American Legion, and the City of Praise Family Ministries. Chief Harris is the Co-Founder, of Stepping Stones 4 Change, a community-based organization that is dedicated to improving the community through engagement, empowerment, and education. Chief Harris believes in creating a department that combines data with Predictive Policing models and smart technology to effectively manage the towns’ public safety operations. He is a believer in community first policing, that brings all community stakeholders to the table for the betterment of the community. Under his leadership, the Edmonston Police Department is becoming a department that ENGAGES, EMPOWERS and EDUCATES the citizens as they move towards a Safer Edmonston.